Sergio Ramos plans to play international football “for many more years” to reach 200 appearances for Spain after equalling Iker Casillas’ record.
Ramos, who debuted for Spain in March 2005, matched Casillas on Sunday night as Spain’s most-capped player on 167 appearances.
It came during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Gijon against the Faroe Islands, where Spain cruised to a comfortable 4-0 win. Forwards Rodrigo and Paco Alcacer both scored braces to ensure Ramos of a memorable night.
Although the captain nearly got his 22nd international goal only for him to hook his shot over from a corner.
Nevertheless, Ramos was delighted to reach his latest landmark and is already planning a new ambitious target.
“Records are there to be broken,” the Real Madrid skipper told reporters after the match.
“I hope that this momentum, enthusiasm and ambition always accompanies me and that I reach 200 games, which is the objective.
“You have to make it difficult.”
Casillas, meanwhile, took to social media to praise his former Spain and Los Blancos team-mate for equalling his record.
“Congratulations on those 167 games!! I hope there are many more. Great moments we have lived with the national team,” the now-FC Porto goalkeeper wrote on Twitter.
Asked about Casillas’ tweet, Ramos replied: “I’m flattered by Iker’s praise.
“I still have to overcome [his number] and I hope I can play for this country for many more years.”
The two-time European champion’s hopes of adding a third one to his haul are looking good as well, with Spain seven points clear at the top of Group F having won all six of their qualifying matches.
Ramos will return to action for La Roja between October 12 to 15 for back-to-back Euro 2020 qualifiers against Norway and Sweden.
For now, though, the 33-year-old’s focus will return to Real for Saturday’s La Liga clash with Levante.